November 2016 Program Update
On October 19th, the Waste Reduction & Recycling Office was notified by TerraCycle of a change to the writing utensil recycling program (Recycle Write!). Beginning December 1st, 2016, TerraCycle will no longer provide pre-paid UPS labels for items to be sent to them. Additionally, they are ceasing to provide the associated donation to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.
Items to be recycled should be sent to the address below.
Recycle Your Pens, Pencils and Markers!
RecycleWrite! allows U-M students, faculty and staff to dispose of pens, pencils and markers in an environmentally-responsible way.
What Can You Recycle Through the RecycleWrite Program?
- Mechanical Pencils
- Dry Erase Markers
- Correction Tape (no fluids)
- Packaging (not cellophane)
Unacceptable items include:
- Pens with lights or electronic functioning
- Penlights and Laser Pointers
- Wooden pencils and colored pencils
How Should You Recycle Them?
Please send them through campus mail to:
109 E. Madison
Campus zip: 2993
RecycleWrite signage can be found here.
How Are They Recycled?
All items will be recycled through Terracycle’s Pens, Pencils and Markers Zero Waste Box Program. The collected waste is mechanically and/or manually separated into metals, fibers, and plastics. Metals are smelted so they may be recycled. The plastics undergo extrusion and pelletization to be molded into new recycled plastic products. (note that all brands of writing instruments are acceptable through this program).
Content modified: Dec 16, 2016